TRICKS & TIPS
In this section, LESS BRAKES will solve doubts about installation, start-up and maintenance of brake pads, whatever the brand.
So read carefully and follow one of the steps, and you will surely find some of your doubts answered.
1. CLEANING THE BRAKE DISCS.
This is one of the most important aspects to take into account when changing break pads.
The discs must be cleaned with specific products, normally alcohol-based products, making it possible to remove grease or oil residues and ensure that the new brake pads are not contaminated on their first use.
2. CHECKING THE NEW BRAKE PADS.
Avoid touching the area of the pad where the phenolic material is located with your fingers, also checking that there are no residues, cracks or dents in this area to prevent the incorrect functioning of the braking system.
After installing the brake pads, the first brakes should be performed smoothly and progressively in a large area to ensure that everything has been installed correctly.
Then, go to another area with a slight downward slope, where you can start to brake progressively, picking up some speed and holding the brake at the half bite point for 7 or 8 seconds, before applying the maximum brake.
This process should be repeated 5 or 6 times so that the pads start to adapt to the disc.
4. INITIAL BRAKING POWER.
After properly performing the initial run in, brake response will not be 100% correct.
You will need a few hours of normal use for the pads to adapt perfectly to the brake disc, giving a powerful bite and maximum braking quality.
5. TAKE CARE WITH THE PRODUCTS USED TO CLEAN THE BIKE.
Special care must be taken with the products used to clean the bike. Both the brake pads and disc can easily become contaminated with products that are sprayed on any part of the frame, wheels or drivetrain system.
Unless products that have been specifically designed for the sector are used, the brake discs and callipers must be protected to avoid contamination.
6. PREVENT EXCESS WEAR ON THE BRAKE DISC.
It is of vital importance to respect the wear limits indicated on the brake discs.
Not doing so will result in excess unevenness on the brake track, which will inevitably lead to reduced braking power and alterations in the brake feel, causing irregularities.
7. DO NOT DRASTICALLY REDUCE THE TEMPERATURE OF THE BRAKE DISCS.
When the brakes reach a high temperature, they must be left to cool down and return to normal temperature naturally, without forcing the cooling process with water or any other coolant.
If cold water is applied to the brake disc while hot, it will lead to the excessive contraction of the metal and the deformation of the brake disc. Generally speaking, this deformation can be corrected, but in the case of a very pronounced contraction, it may not be possible to re-centre the disc optimally.
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